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Arts137

Gastric Sleeve Patients
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    Arts137 got a reaction from BewhoGodcreatedmetobe in Scale says one thing, clothes say another   
    Well you look super and seem to be doing well, so believe the clothes! If I eat ANY sugar, it sets me up... so I don't!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from pjb84 in Waiting is the hardest part....   
    Learn all you can about what life will be like "post sleeve" and ... stopp smoking, eliminate carbonated drinks, get water in, and convert your food intake to proteins and veggies first. Use this time to practice and (from the other side) time will have flown by.

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    Arts137 got a reaction from BewhoGodcreatedmetobe in Scale says one thing, clothes say another   
    Well you look super and seem to be doing well, so believe the clothes! If I eat ANY sugar, it sets me up... so I don't!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from CarryOn7 in Week 2 Post-Op   
    I am 3 months out and have hummas most every day!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from Sdboscola in Guess what? Shingles and surgery don't mix   
    YES you can get shingles more than once! And Shinglesa are NO FUN!. Get the vaccination when you can.
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    Arts137 got a reaction from FRED1977 in Trying Not To be Frustrated   
    Sure, everyone has this. How much did you lose presurgery?
    And you've lost 10 pounds in three weeks. Not Too Shabby!
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    Arts137 reacted to mokee in Day 19 and discouraged   
    This is the time of the first of many stalls. Just keep following your plan and hide the scale.
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    Arts137 got a reaction from gamergirl in The Problem with a Weight Loss Stall   
    Nicely said. From a recent post:
    "My surgeon was complimentary on my current success and implored me to not become a slave to the scale and to not let a number put me on an emotional roller coaster. He reminded me that should I follow the guidelines that there is no way I will fail at meeting my weight loss goals. "
    One smart Doctor!!!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from MWilliams42 in What Role does the scale play in your life?   
    Let's try this... Map the seashore. From 10,000 feel, it's a nice smooth line, isn't it? From 500 feet it's a bit blurry. Can you map the coastline from 20 feet??? No, things are a jumbe with the high and low tides and the waves.
    Same with the scale. If you want to weigh, why not every 10 minutes? Why not every hour???Daily changes don't tell you anything, IMHO. Water, hormones, bowel movements all "modify" weight. And I just discovered that when the batteries are getting low, the scale loses its OWN mind!
    I weigh (begrudgingly) every week in order to track. I generally lose from 1 to 3 pounds in a week, and about 10 a month. Slow but steady, especially since my knee limits a lot of activity right now.
    Bottom line, your head is hooked on the scale, and it might (worst case scenerio) try to convince you that you've failed and you might as well give up. Well blow that for a lark!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from MWilliams42 in What Role does the scale play in your life?   
    Let's try this... Map the seashore. From 10,000 feel, it's a nice smooth line, isn't it? From 500 feet it's a bit blurry. Can you map the coastline from 20 feet??? No, things are a jumbe with the high and low tides and the waves.
    Same with the scale. If you want to weigh, why not every 10 minutes? Why not every hour???Daily changes don't tell you anything, IMHO. Water, hormones, bowel movements all "modify" weight. And I just discovered that when the batteries are getting low, the scale loses its OWN mind!
    I weigh (begrudgingly) every week in order to track. I generally lose from 1 to 3 pounds in a week, and about 10 a month. Slow but steady, especially since my knee limits a lot of activity right now.
    Bottom line, your head is hooked on the scale, and it might (worst case scenerio) try to convince you that you've failed and you might as well give up. Well blow that for a lark!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from MWilliams42 in What Role does the scale play in your life?   
    Let's try this... Map the seashore. From 10,000 feel, it's a nice smooth line, isn't it? From 500 feet it's a bit blurry. Can you map the coastline from 20 feet??? No, things are a jumbe with the high and low tides and the waves.
    Same with the scale. If you want to weigh, why not every 10 minutes? Why not every hour???Daily changes don't tell you anything, IMHO. Water, hormones, bowel movements all "modify" weight. And I just discovered that when the batteries are getting low, the scale loses its OWN mind!
    I weigh (begrudgingly) every week in order to track. I generally lose from 1 to 3 pounds in a week, and about 10 a month. Slow but steady, especially since my knee limits a lot of activity right now.
    Bottom line, your head is hooked on the scale, and it might (worst case scenerio) try to convince you that you've failed and you might as well give up. Well blow that for a lark!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from LifetimeLoser in current progress photo   
    loverly, and great job!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from TJL in Invisible Weight Loss   
    They might not notice... They might notice but are afraid to say anything... No worries, you do this for you. Me, I have the opposite problem. I've lost 80+ pounds and I still seem to look the same to me despite what others say...
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    Arts137 got a reaction from Dannipo in Alcohol be damned!   
    WOW, well done, pal... well done. You got your head right and will be a winner (a loser!!!)
    We CAN have fun without 90% of the fun being food and drink! I was just in NYC this weekend for "Kinky Boots" (and see it when you can) and was in a group of 4 and stuck with the plan. And I had fun!!!
    You should (IMHO) cross-post this on the main board in pre-surgical!!!!!
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    Arts137 got a reaction from joatsaint in Pre-Op Diet and Worries About Being Thinner   
    But I guess it plays on my basic fear of change. How am I going to handle being thinner and how people will react and treat me at work and socially. As it is, I have 40 years of knowing how people treat the fat me. Now, I have to worry about how people will treat me as a thin person.
    Yep... the big isasue is our head(s). Know and work on this and all will be OK, I believe (and I am as crazy as you are).
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    Arts137 got a reaction from MWilliams42 in Today I feel DOWN   
    Throw the scale away (at least some). The scale is a lyin' dog.
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    Arts137 got a reaction from melissa130 in What am i doing?   
    You have to stay away from the snack for AT LEAST 4 days for it to get patterned into your brain. Try the most water you can drink instead of pretzles. Or, go to bed...
    Good luck. And praying is good, trying is good. Doing is better.
    Remember what Yoda teaches:
    "There is no try. There is only do or not do.
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    Arts137 got a reaction from Canary Diamond in To The Men: I Get It Now; a.k.a. Damn, Girl   
    You write well. Fun to read. Stay away from statues (I mean that's what showers are for).
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    Arts137 got a reaction from juliebisme in Uh-Oh, I Said Too Much   
    I never can keep my stories straight, so I tell anything to anyone...
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    Arts137 got a reaction from juliebisme in Uh-Oh, I Said Too Much   
    I never can keep my stories straight, so I tell anything to anyone...
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    Arts137 got a reaction from juliebisme in Uh-Oh, I Said Too Much   
    I never can keep my stories straight, so I tell anything to anyone...
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    Arts137 reacted to Veruca Salt in Questions.....   
    Here is some advice I can give you. Eat off small plates (cake plates) this is a mind game when you see the plate is full. Put your fork completely down between bites. When you don't feel empty and more stop eating and you can eat somemore later. Try little bites of things to see if it still agrees with you or that you even like the taste of it. Use a table spoon when serving out your plate. Alcohol. hummm, I just tried it for the first time and what I had would have been a gulp for anyone else but it too me all day until I gave up on it.
    I hope this helps you and good luck.
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    Arts137 reacted to Shelley9 in Knowing What You Know Now, You would/not have...   
    Knowing What I Know Now, I would . . .
    not stress about what to have on hand food wise.
    I would use the little baby spoons again - they were perfect for me. They helped me keep my intact of food slow and steady. When I ate too much or too fast, that was when I got bubbles. The bubbles (sometimes air, sometimes gas) were killer for the first few weeks.
    treat myself with a little more TLC
    I bought myself a little dish, about 3" x 6" and that was, and is what I use for my meals. When I use a regular plate a) I put too much food on it and when I keep my food portion small, it looks stupid on the big plate. I used the baby spoon and little dish at Christmas with my family. They all laughed because it looked cute, but they also understood. I still use that dish and others that size to keep my portions realistic
    I would keep a sense of humour about this journey.
    I have my PhD in burpology
    My lunches at work - I use the smallest Gladware containers and my coworkers used to think it was cute. Now they know it is practical and they support me fully.
    I am glad that I had pureed yams and froze them in ice cube trays. I found them really satisfying on my new tummy.
    I would use My Fitness Pal to track my calories and exercise.
    I would not expect to loose weight faster. I fell into that trap. My body does not like fewer calories so it is hanging on to what I take in, until I could up the calories and now it is dropping again, but slowly.
    I would definite share my journey with friends and close coworkers. They have been a great support system for me.

    And I would definitely use this forum - I have learned a lot here.
    All the best to you,
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    Arts137 reacted to Eva Linder in Sleeved on May 21st, 2013   
    I was also sleeved on the 21 of may. However, I live in Stockholm Sweden and we were supposued to be 4 ladies operated on that day but one was cancelled and I think it had to do with the fact that her blodpressure was to high, or maybe she chickend out.
    It was so easy, first night, discomfort and some nausea and from then on it got better fast. I am sitting with a bowl of tomato soup and enjoying life. I am so happy I went through this.
    Lets go back to the part of the lady that didn´t go throug with the op. The day before we were all in the clinic to do all the testing and while we were sitting in the waiting room a sleever came in. This was a woman who had had her surgery a month ago. She was so mad that she couldn´t eat or drink properly. She started to tell us a horror story about her surgery and how awful it was and how much pain she was in. The poor lady was so scared that she told me she was thinking of bailing out, and i guess later she did. So my point is this, be prepared for anything and everything but you need to know that your decision to do the operation comes from within you and is not to be messed with.
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